County unemployment rate falls to 9.1 percent as many sectors add jobs

  • By Mike Benbow Herald Writer
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:13pm
  • Business

Unemployment in Snohomish County dropped a full percentage point to 9.1 percent in August as a number of sectors all added jobs.

The jobless rate fell from a revised 10.1 percent in July, the Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.

Aerospace, one of the few sectors adding jobs in recent months, only added 100 jobs in August. Other sectors hiring last month included retail trade, telecommunications, professional and business services, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, computer and electronics manufacturing, and mining, logging and various forms of construction.

Losing jobs were credit intermediation and government, with most of the government jobs being seasonal work in the schools.

An estimated 34,050 people were looking for jobs in August compared to 38,060 unemployed in July.

State numbers don’t count people who are underemployed with part-time jobs or who are discouraged from their job search and have stopped looking.

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